The stage is set in Johannesburg for the 2018 Brics Summit, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the opening speech.
International heads of state, business leaders, civil society organisations and academics have arrived in Sandton for the event. They're being joined by high-ranking officials from at least nine African countries, the African Union, other emerging markets and the United Nations.
Eyewitness News reporter Qaanitah Hunter is there.
Minister Rob Davies delivered his welcoming address where he participated in a panel discussion and said something quite interesting about how South Africa is 'collateral damage; in trade wars between the US and China.— Qaanitha Hunter, Eyewitness News reporter
In the morning there was a discussion on the role of Brics in trade and investment facilitation amidst a changing global political economy. We saw other discussions from business leaders like Patrice Motsepe...— Qaanitha Hunter, Eyewitness News reporter
This is business to business. That is what the whole theme of today's event was. That government's role should be one of facilitation. It is up to businesses to partner with each other and invest among the different Brics countries that form part of this forum.— Qaanitha Hunter, Eyewitness News reporter
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